Consultancy and Staff Vacancies

Proposal & Business Development Executive (mid level)

Location: Hamburg, Germany, Germany
Date Posted: 23-05-2016
You:  An energetic, personable and motivated development professional with superb writing and business intelligence skills in the development and aid sector 

Us:  A young social enterprise working closely with Transparency Solutions and other development and aid sector organisations.
If you, like us, think that the development and aid sector is often too slow and not professional enough, then we love to hear from you. You find MzN International a young, entrepreneurial, flexible place, where you are in charge of your own career.  Learn from committed colleagues and partners and help us in making doing good, better!
What to expect
  • We offer resource mobilisation, digital transformation, change consulting and training services to INGOs, IOs and governmental institutions.
  • We work closely with partner organisations in order to boost their impact capacity. 
  • We are a young, dynamic company, growing fast and we have a modern, e-based infrastructure with a networked operating model.
  • No bureaucracy here: you’ll get the tools you need, the support we can give – and do your work! 
  • A work hard, play hard culture where periods of intense work are matched with times of more flexible work commitments. 
The role
In this full-time post you will spend 50% working for and with the Transparency Solutions team, which is based in Hargeisa, Somaliland. The other 50% will be focussed on working on proposals for a variety of MzN International clients and occasionally on our own proposals.
The post is based in our Hamburg, Germany office. 
Primary Responsibility
  • Write high quality and convincing proposals that win funds
  • Identify bidding and other business development opportunities with key donors in Europe, especially (but not limited to) the UK and Germany as well as the EU 
  • Build relationships with donors and partners, with the support from MzN and TS senior staff
  • Work with our Business Development Director and our Managing Director on strategic initiatives
  • Work with the team and leadership at Transparacy Solutions on bid development
  • Contribute to the thought leadership at MzN International and help us develop our business development processes
Skills & Experience you need
  • Excellent proposal and bid writing skills (solicited and unsolicited)
  • Up-to-date knowledge of donor trends and practices, especially those of the EU, Germany (primarily GIZ) and UK (primarily DFID and FCO)
  • Very good negotiation skills with donors (with support from senior TS and MzN staff)
  • Ability to build and manage a consortium of a geographically spread-out network of organisations
  • Fun, positive attitude, even under pressure and the ability to connect with others professionally
  • Willingness and desire to learn
  • Ability to work flexibly in accordance with business needs
  • Professional in the use of common ICT applications
What we offer
  1. An opportunity to help development and humanitarian organisations bring large scale improvements that could save countless lives and dignities
  2. A competitive remuneration, with paid holidays and other benefits
  3. A modern, friendly and homely office in Hamburg, powered entirely with green energy and including free Softdrinks & Beer/Wine, table football and video games to allow you to work hard & play hard. Our offices also include 'with-child'- workplaces and occasional home working to allow you to agree family and work life
  4. A professional, hard-working and friendly work culture in a young, entrepreneurial team 
  5. Be part of an innovative team at TS and MzN, pushing the boundaries of traditional development assistance and humanitarian aid
  6. We expect that around 30% to 40% international travel is required, frequently within Europe and to Nairobi and Hargeisa
Of course, MzN International is an equal opportunity employer and our offices are fully wheelchair accessible. We will recruit on a rolling basis and make an offer to a suitable candidate as soon as possible. We interview remotely and in-person in Hamburg.

This is a is a full-time, contract position, initially offered on a 2 year term limit. An extension or conversion to an unlimited position is likely. The position is based in our Hamburg office.

We will evaluate applications on an ongoing basis and make an offer ASAP. MzN International is committed to transparency in everything we do and value your time and interest in working with us. We will acknowledge receipt and review each complete application received.

More about our partner & friend Transparency Solutions:
Transparency Solutions is a transformative development company with 14 years’ experience, registered in Somalia and Somaliland and the UK with 40 permanent staff and a pool of some 30+ researchers, analysts and project workers, contracted on a project by project basis. The primary focus of our work is to address the challenges and many dimensions necessary to effect political, economic and social transformative change across Somalia. It is our people, our deep local foundations and our global expertise, gained from working extensively in Somalia and on almost every continent worldwide which is the key to our success.
We were founded in the UK in 2002 and have worked in a number of countries, from the Philippines and Pakistan to DRC Congo. In 2015 our headquarters relocated to Hargeisa, Somaliland. Our CEO, Latif Ismail is British Somali and our Deputy CEO, Sandra McNeill is British and is based in the UK. We currently have staff from the UK, Somalia and the US. Although we have worked widely across Africa and beyond, our primary focus and expertise is in Somalia and Somaliland, and with their people and communities worldwide.
TS aims to promote Somali-led sustainable development and contribute to positive, meaningful change in Somalia/Somaliland. Our expertise lies in research, training, strategy and project management and our specialism is in the social, political, economic and security aspects of governance and state-building. We have an unparalleled knowledge of Somali society and culture, combined with international professional standards and academic experience. In the complex modern world, having local foundations and global connections is increasingly vital for success. We work independently and in partnership with others, for example, we hold strategic partner status with the University of Bristol, ranked 26th in the world. Current clients include the UK Department for International Development, the United Nations and the European Union.
Our work is politically non-partisan and we do not subscribe to clan politics or bias. We have world class professional standards and take a strong stand against corruption. Personal and professional integrity is at the heart of the work we do.
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